Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. - Driver Profile - Mike Cicciarelli
By Bob Wilkiewicz
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. Staff
Club Affiliation Car Name Car No.
Nostalgia Super Stock Inc. (Can’t Get No) ‘Satisfaction’ 27
The (Can’t Get No) ‘Satisfaction’ 1966 Ford 427 Fairlane was assembled over many years with the purpose of capturing the essence and intentions that Ford Motor Co. had for its original factory-produced Super Stock cars - performance, quality, and a strong resemblance to the factory’s construction of the base car model.
Owner and Sponsors
Owned by Michael Cicciarelli of Brownsburg, Indiana / sponsored by The Auto Den of Glendale, Arizona, original chassis fabrication/construction; Dan Hare Fabrication of Brownsburg, Indiana; current fabrication; Artwork by Kehoe of Hopkinton, Iowa, graphics and lettering.
Michael Cicciarelli, married to Ann, with two sons, Anthony,and Nickolas is employed by KV Racing Technology as a suspension engineer for Indy Racing League program.
His crew chief, Dan Hare. Dan works for Derrick Walker Racing as Chief Fabricator. He and his son, Buddy are great crew members
“We spent a lot of summer evenings after work maintaining and preparing the car for the next event,” said Cicciarelli. “We’re usually listening to classic rock-n-roll while keeping the neighbors awake with banging hammers and loud arguments.”
‘Satisfaction’ was originally a GT 390 car Cicciarelli bought for $600 in 1982, when both he and the car were 16 years old, financed by the sale of his 1970 429 Cobra Jet Torino. Young but knowing exactly what he wanted to accomplish, Cicciarelli also purchased a 427 center-oiler short block and a ‘slick-shifted’ Liberty top-loader 4-speed transmission with the balance of the Torino proceeds.
The transformation into a Super Stock replica began in 1983 at Bob Kleiner’s ‘Auto-Den’ speed shop in Dubuque, Iowa, “well before the Nostalgia Super Stock ‘Renaissance’,” said Cicciarelli. The project continued more than a decade as he finished college and started a career in open-wheel racing.
In 1996, Cicciarelli retrieved ‘Satisfaction’ and brought it to Indianapolis for the finishing work. Although the process had taken a very long time, the car he had dreamed about was finally done. “I still remember sitting curbside on my Schwinn Orange-Krate and watching an ‘earth-shakin’, ‘gear-bangin’, 4-speed 427 Fairlane devour a real 70 Hemi ’Cuda in a genuine block-long 1970’s street race,” said Cicciarelli. (when asked if this story was really true, Cicciarelli replied ‘Well.., maybe it was just a 390 Fairlane……J).
Shelby aluminum block, 4.31 bore / Crower billet crank, 4.25 stroke / Crower billet rods / Ross 15.9:1 pistons /Edelbrock-based MR heads with 11 degree Xceledyne 2.30/1.70 Ti valves / factory style cast Tunnel-Wedge 2x4 intake with Pro-Systems 950Hp carbs/ 930 hp@8100 / Advanced 7” dual clutch/ G-Force 4-speed transmission / MW’s 9” rear member; 5.29 and 5.43 ratios / 4-link rear suspension with Penske coilovers / original-style fiberglass hood.
For 1/4-mile, 8.85 @152 mph / for 1/8-mile, 5.62 @ 123 mph / for 60 feet, 1.22
Wheelie Champion, Eddyville, Iowa 2005 (250 feet)
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